If you're home with the kids this summer, chances are, they're going to get bored at the house. But, it can also be expensive to go do things every day. So, every Friday I'll try and find a week's worth of free and cheap things you can do with the kids away from the house.
Here's what's going on next week. Please add your ideas to the comments.
Monday - Zoo to You at the Miller- Golf Links library, 9640 E. Golf Links Road. This event is presented by Reid Park Zoo with live animals. You'll learn about the animals and may get to touch.
Tuesday - Peter Piper Pizza hosts Summer Kids Day every Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. This week's theme is Earth Explorers/Dinosaurs. Kids get to check out different kinds of bugs, plants and animals, including dinosaurs. All you can eat pizza buffet and kid's soda is included in the $3.99 price.
Wednesday - Public city and county pools are open. Go swimming. County pools are $3 for adults and $1 for children; City pools are $2 for adults and $1 for children. Or go to a splash pad like the one at Brandi Fenton Park. That's free.
Thursday - Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted is playing at 10 a.m. at Crossroads Theater, 4811 E. Grant Road. Movie is free for kids under 10 and $2 for everyone else.
Friday - Story Tunes at Bookmans Ina, 3733 W. Ina Road. Story time, then you get to sing, dance and make your own music. 10 a.m. It's free.
Saturday - Kids Club at Michaels, 7150 E. Broadway. 10- a.m. to noon. It's National Drawing Day, so the kids will doodle a crown. Register for a session every half hour from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. It's just $2 per child for a half hour session. Supplies are included.
Sunday - Toy Train Museum Open House at the Gadsden Toy Train Museum, 3975 N. Miller Ave. Check out the toy train displays, as they run through model towns. It's from noon to 4:30 p.m. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.